In 1967, Carroll Shelby would go on to create the ultimate expression of the Ford Mustang, the iconic pony car that would dominate road racing. Ford has continued his legacy by creating the fastest and most technologically advanced Mustang to date; say hello to the 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500.
Set to arrive at dealerships in the United States by Q4 2019, the 2020 Shelby GT500 offers staggering performance numbers and race level technology for the pinnacle in Mustang development.
Under the hood is a 5.2L supercharged V8 that’s good for 700-plus horsepower that’s connected to a quick-shifting seven-speed dual clutch automatic transmission. This dual-clutch transmission is designed for a number of drive modes, including normal, weather, sport, drag and track, and activates features like line-lock and launch control through selectable Track Apps.
Race-specced chassis and components comprise the structure of the Shelby GT500, fitting custom Michelin performance tires and the largest set of front brake rotors ever put on an American sports coupe. With numbers like these, you’re looking at a car that punches up there with exotics and supercars; zero to 100 km/h is achievable in the mid three seconds, and a quarter mile is done in less than 11 seconds. That puts it pretty close to the terrifyingly fast 800-hp Dodge Challenger Hellcat Redeye or the SRT Demon, which would make for an interesting drag strip comparison.
The Shelby GT500 also utilizes revised suspension geometry, a new electronic power steering unit, and lighter coil springs in the front and rear, with next-generation MagneRide adaptive dampers as standard. Two handling packages are offered for the all-new Shelby GT500. The first includes adjustable strut top mounts and spoiler with Gurney flap. The next step is an available Carbon Fiber Track Package features exposed 20-inch carbon fiber wheels with 0.5-inch-wider rear wheels (11.5-inch), custom Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires, and an adjustable exposed carbon fiber GT4 track wing. Plus, the rear seat is deleted to reduce weight.
With a double front grille opening and 50 percent more cooling pack airflow versus the Shelby GT350, along with the most advanced aero components and downforce we’ve ever offered, every millimeter of Shelby GT500’s fastback design is aimed at improving performance.
On the inside, you’ve got a more purpose-built cockpit with premium materials and unique finishes. Exposed carbon fiber instrument panel components, suede-clad door panel inserts with stitching, Recaro racing seats with pass-throughs for safety harnesses, and available power-adjustable seats are highlights of the Shelby GT500’s interior. A 12-inch full-color LCD instrument cluster is standard, with an available 12-speaker B&O Play premium sound system as an option. Infotainment is handled by an 8-inch Ford SYNC3 touchscreen featuring internet radio and FordPass Connect.
Joining the usual set of colors is Red Hot, Twister Orange, and Iconic Silver, as well as the painted stripes, are available for the all-new Mustang Shelby GT500 too.
Now, whether we will or will not get the pumped-up 'Stang here, that would be entirely up to Ford Philippines. We'll keep an eye on this development because really, who doesn't want to get behind its wheel and be gone in 60 seconds, right?